MARGARET MITCHELL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/03/1941 - HFSID 55655
Sale Price $3,400.00
She writes to close friend and fellow author Edwin Granberry about his new play, and mentions several prominent US actors and writers, including Alexander Woolcott and the Lunts.
Typed Letter signed: "Margaret", 2 pages (front and verso), 7¼x10½. Atlanta, Georgia, 1941 February 3. On personal letterhead to "Dear Edwin and Mabel" [Granberry], in full: "The combination of Bretaigne Windust and Roual Pene duBois gave us as much delight as it did you. The show can't hep being 120 proof with two such names. I was inclined to agree with Frank Sullivan to agree with Frank Sullivan, however, and will have to see these two gentlemen myself before I believe in their names. We were so happy and proud at the good news and hope you will have time to keep us posted on progress. Naturally, we are bursting to know what the Lunts think. I am sorry they are on tour now because that will probably delay their decision, as their time is pretty well occupied with long jumps and one-night stands. Do I understand that the interest of Mr. W. and Mr. DuB. Means that someone has bought the play or intends to produce it if they can get the right stars? We hope so ardently for the Lunts and can hardly wait to know what happens. We have heard nothing from the Dowdeys either. I imagine they are still in Florida because they promised to let us know if they were returning through Atlanta. I hope they found a place that benefits Clifford's sinuses. I fear his vacation will not be such a good one because of the accident to his glasses. He has learned by bitter experience that it does not pay to have strange people adjust them, as this only worsens a bad situation. Only one person in New York seemed able to help him. I wish Mr. Woollcott had come back through Atlanta. Thank you for saying that he was languishing to meet us. I hope you told him we were languishing in the same direction. I'm so sorry we will not see him in 'The Man Who.' It is to be in Atlanta this week with Clifton Webb. Of course I will want to meet Mr. Woollcott on some neutral ground where there are no steps for him to slide upon. Much as I respect Mr. Woollcott, I would not care to have him make away with my secretary, Miss Baugh, or our priceless Bessie, as Mr. Sheridan Whiteside did in the play. I was so glad the book pleased Julian. I was almost desperate about that book. There used to be dozens of books on Tibet but when I went to get one they were all out of print or not in stock. A miserable and puerile 'juvenile' for little girls, aged seven, was pushed at me. I knew if I sent this to Julian I would forfeit forever his affection and respect. So, imagine my delight when I finally unearthed 'Peaks and Llamas.' I asked the sales girl if it contained information about butter in tea, manure in hair and women having six husbands. This upset her dreadfully and I am sure she thought I had a dirty mind. She would not give me this information, so I can only hope the book contained it. These, I feel, are the salient facts about Tibet, and I do not care to have omitted from a book on that country. Love to you both". MARGARET MITCHELL MARSH (1900-1949), a native of Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded the 1937 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for Gone With the Wind, her epic novel set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction South. At first uncertain about her book's literary merit, she had submitted her manuscript to Macmillan Company in 1935. Mitchell was stunned -- and thrust into the public spotlight -- when the book sold over 1.3 million copies in its first year. It remained on the best-seller list for 21 weeks, enjoying resurgence in sales with the release of the 1939 film based on the novel. Edwin Granberry, a freelance book reviewer and critic, had reviewed her book in a glowing and unprecedented 1,200-word piece in the New York "Evening Sun" on June 30, 1936, the day of the book's publication. Mitchell had been so impressed by the report, which compared her book to Tolstoy's War and Peace, that she had written to thank him. Her letter started a lifelong correspondence -- and a friendship between the two couples: Margaret and her husband, John Marsh, and Edwin (a Southerner himself) and his wife, Mabel. Margaret and John first met the Granberrys at Blowing Rock, North Carolina, the summer campus of Florida's Rollins College, where Granberry was a Professor of English. It was during this visit that she had agreed to accept $50,000 in movie rights for her book pending contract negotiations with producer David O. Selznick (against Granberry's advice). Granberry was himself a noted author, a winner of the O'Henry Award for best short story. There is no record of Granberry producing a successful play, however. Alfred Lunt and his spouse Lynn Fontanne were America's most prominent acting couple from the 1920s into the 1960s, appearing together in 24 plays, and recently honored on a US stamp. Author and literary critic Alexander Woolcott, a member of the famed Algonquin Circle in New York, was the model for Sheridan Whiteside in the Kaufman and Hart play and subsequent movie The Man Who Came to Dinner, mentioned in Mitchell's letter. Lightly toned. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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